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The Health Cognition and Behavior Lab is home to a multidisciplinary team of researchers. We study theoretical questions with real world implications for the public’s health.

Publications

Trainees publish papers in top journals. In the last year, they published 26 papers, 18 of which as first author. Find them under HPV Vaccine, Tobacco Control, and Other Research.

Postdocs

Dr. Qian Huang

(Pronunciation: Chee-an Hwang)

Post-doc Research Associate, Health Behavior

My research focuses on vaccination behavior in general and how we could communicate accurate health information effectively to promote vaccination across populations. Additionally, I am interested in testing how people perceive causations between causal factors and health risks.

Dr. Mohammad Ebrahimi Kalan

Post-doc Research Associate, Health Behavior

Content coming soon.

Students

Marjorie Margolis

PhD Student, Health Behavior

I am interested in patient-provider communication and health decision-making related to cancer prevention and control. I have prior experience in designing and evaluating health communication campaigns.

Thomas Blount

MPH Student, Health Behavior

My studies focus on behaviors related to tobacco and opioid use. I am interested in using qualitative research methods as an arm to influence policy change in these areas.

Callie Whitesell

MPH Student, Health Behavior

I’m interested in how psychosocial factors influence both beneficial and risky health behaviors. My background is in prevention programming for college students as well as body image and exercise behaviors of young adults.

Project Managers

Susan Alton Dailey

Project Manager, Health Behavior

I am interested in cancer prevention and reproductive health. My previous work has been in cancer screening, health communication, and access to health services. I am interested in gaining additional experience with qualitative research.

Jen Heisler-MacKinnon

Project Manager, Health Behavior

I am interested in adolescent health, HPV vaccination quality improvement, and the public policy impact on the health and sustainability of communities.  My previous experience is in health communications, nutrition education, and cancer prevention and control.

Jennifer Mendel Sheldon

Project Director, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

I am interested in cancer prevention research, especially in tobacco control policy and health communication. My background is a combination of behavioral sciences and clinical trial research.